Let ’em all Scream for Ice Cream!

Looking for a way to add the ultimate cool-factor to your kiddo’s birthday celebration? Well, we’ve got the scoop on how to make ice cream the main star.  Check out our roundup of local ice cream bizzes that will either host parties in their shops or, even better, bring that luscious, creamy goodness right to your home.

Moonie Icy Tunes

This Redmond-based ice cream  truck will come directly to your home and serves everything from Häagen-Dazs and  Breyers to Popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and Luigi’s Real Italian Ice. Owner Melissa “Moonie” Crosetto  doesn’t charge a delivery fee and offers many options starting at a $1. Having a family cookout at a local park? Arrange for Crosetto to do a drive-by and it will be a rare opportunity when you tell your kids it’s okay to buy a treat from a truck.

Full Tilt Ice Cream Parlor

With three Seattle locations in White Center, University District and Columbia City,  Full Tilt is known for its awesome flavors, such as salted caramel and lemon lavender.  The store is part parlor, part arcade, with throwback pinball machines and video games. Host a party there and they allow your child to create a flavor, which they’ll make for the day. You can bring in a cake (if more sweets are really needed) and your iPod, which they let you plug into their system. There’s also enough room to do a craft. P.S. All the Full Tilt stores are closed on Mondays.

Bluebird’s Homemade Ice Cream and Tea Room

Owner Josh Reynolds used to make ice cream for friends who would tell him it was so good he could sell it. So now he does, out of a cute space on Capitol Hill that has a community room with sofas, coffee tables and padded church pews, perfect for birthday parties. You can choose a make-your-own-sundae bar, or create a custom flavor and also bring stuff for crafts and games. While there, don’t forget to sample Bluebird’s best-selling Snickerdoodle flavor. It will put you in the ultimate party mood.

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

Seattleites have been swooning over Molly Moon Neitzel’s unique, yummy flavors such as Scout Mint and Rosemary Meyer Lemon for two years now. While Neitzel has two store locations (Wallingford and Capitol Hill), her newest venture is the Molly Moon’s Ice Cream Truck which will bring the ice cream love to your child’s party. (Reserve it in advance by contacting renee@mollymoonicecream.com.)  You can also follow http://twitter.com/mollymoon to find out where the truck goes daily. After all, ice cream is not just for birthdays!

Cocoa and Cream

In the heart of charming Magnolia Village is a sweet ice-cream shop perfect for birthday parties. The owner is really flexible and offers themed parties (Pirates Galley, Fairy Princess Tea Party and more) or simpler “build your own” sundae parties. Utilize the back room or rent out the whole shop.  They serve locally-made Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream, homemade ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, and can also add on additional party food such as gourmet grilled cheese, hot dogs, and veggie platters.

-Kavita Varma-White